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Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this tantalizing Thursday? We have a breakdown of how X-Men: Days of Future Past differs from the comics it was based on, a video that breaks down Hot Toys' toy-crafting process and an extensive Back to The Future retrospective. But first, find out how Inside Out should have ended. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
How Inside Out Should Have Ended
How It Should Have Ended is tackling Inside Out this week, which shows how "brain farts" really work and what happens when someone's mind is blown. It's a wonderful but brief video that pokes fun at the movie without actually tearing into it too much. Inside Out is doing just fine, »
Back in the year 2000, director Steven Spielberg had been slated to direct Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, but he passed on the project, opting to take his career in a different direction by taking on both A.I. Artificial Intelligence (check out a recent visual study of the film) and Minority Report (which is […]
- Ethan Anderton
There is an abundance of visual essays online pertaining to the films of both Stanley Kubrick and Steven Spielberg. So perhaps it’s fitting that there's one devoted to “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” the film Kubrick developed for twenty years before handing the project off to Spielberg, who wrote and directed it after Kubrick’s death. When “A.I.” finally came out in 2001, naturally many wrestled with whether or not Spielberg did Kubrick’s project justice. What portions of the film seemed tied to Kubrick? Which originated with Spielberg? Read More: 10 Essential Movies About Artificial Intelligence Benjamin Sampson’s video essay on the movie is meant to be a visual study, but goes significantly beyond simple comparison between the two filmmakers. Instead, Sampson is more interested in the ways in which their sensibilities complemented and bounced off each other. He argues that these dual sensibilities are key towards a better understanding of the themes of the movie. »
- Ken Guidry
While some movies are immediately beloved and acclaimed, destined to be one of the films we talk about every year for decades, others come and go without much pomp and circumstance. One of those movies seems to have been A.I. Artificial Intelligence, the former Stanley Kubrick project that was completed by Steven Spielberg and released […]
- Ethan Anderton
A gorgeous, almost painterly tale of two siblings trying to reach home, but waylaid by witches, owls and faeries
No animation has ever won the Oscar for best film, yet this year’s animated feature nominees – which included The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, The Boxtrolls, and Song of the Sea – proved that some of the world’s most adventurously entertaining cinema is being created outside of the “live action” arena. This superb Irish animation from the director of 2009’s The Secret of Kells is a treat; an enchanting and very moving “family film”. Once again, the story is rooted in Irish folklore, with selkies, giants and faeries slipping in and out of a tale of a vanished mother, a grieving father, and two lost but resourceful children trying to make their way home.
- Mark Kermode
Read More: 'Changeling,' 'Serena' and More on Netflix This July (Plus Indiewire's Picks) On June 21, HBO Now released the highly anticipated second season of "True Detective," along with launching their latest original series, "The Brink" and "Ballers." All three series will run through July, but that's not all they're up to this month. Check out the films that will be coming to the new streaming platform, including recent releases like "Horrible Bosses 2" and "The Drop," with Noomi Rapace, Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini, classics such as "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," and Spanish language releases coming from Uruguay, the Dominican Republic and more. In addition, we have a list of films to watch before they are removed from streaming on July 31, as well as our own picks for what you can't miss (in bold). Available 7/1 Indiewire Pick: "A.I. Artificial »
- Sara Itkis
Read More: 'Changeling,' 'Serena' and More on Netflix This July (Plus Indiewire's Picks) On June 21, HBO Now released the highly anticipated second season of "True Detective," along with launching their latest original series, "The Brink" and "Ballers." All three series will run through July, but that's not all they're up to this month. Check out the films that will be coming to the new streaming platform, including recent releases like "Horrible Bosses 2" and "The Drop," with Noomi Rapace, Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini, classics such as "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," and Spanish language releases coming from Uruguay, the Dominican Republic and more. In addition, we have a list of films to watch before they are removed from streaming on July 31, as well as our own picks for what you can't miss (in bold). Available 7/1 Indiewire Pick: "A.I. Artificial...
- Sara Itkis
Terminator Genisys opens up this weekend, and the reviews are quite mixed. "The movie's willingness to veer crazily off-course feels less objectionable than the monotony and sense of self-parody that kick in long before the whimper of a finish," Justin Chang wrote in Variety. It has an anemic 25 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but we'll probably see it anyway due to our undying love of the first two movies.
Now we have a question for you: Who is the greatest robot character in movie history? Feel free to vote for »
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart team up in this comedy about a rich hedge-fund manager who is sentenced to San Quentin; desperate for tips on how to survive prison, he looks for help from a black businessman, assuming he'll know what to do. That's not racist at all! As it turns out, Hart's businessman has never even had a parking ticket, so it's the blind leading the blind. The Blu-ray has tons of extras, including an unrated cut of the film, a gag reel, deleted scenes, and these featurettes: "Just Put Your Lips Together and Blow," "Get Hard Line-o-Ramas," "The Kevin Hart Workout," "Face Off with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart," "-Ferrell Fighting," "A Date with John Mayer, »
- Gina Carbone
As reported by Deadline, Stanley Kubrick’s written script for The Downslope will now be made into a film series by World War Z and Finding Neverland director Marc Forster, who will serve as producer for all three films and director for the first. Kubrick wrote the script in 1956 after his film Fear and Desire hit theaters, and before he started working on Paths of Glory. The film is said to be “a sweeping, historical action-drama,” according to Deadline, and will revolve around the Civil War. The first film of the trilogy will be based on Kubrick’s script and concept, and the subsequent films will expand on his original ideas and focus on the after-effects of the Civil War.
Kubrick’s death in 1999 has obviously not stopped his ideas from reaching the big screen, as seen with Spielberg’s film A.I. Artificial Intelligence in 2001. That film was brought about »
As one would expect from the ever audacious, thoughtful filmmaker, there are more than a few projects Stanley Kubrick developed but never brought to the screen. Though efforts have been made in the past to bring his unfinished works to life, namely through Steven Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence or the multiple rumors over the years to satisfy his vision of Napoleon in the form of a film or mini-series, most were put to rest with the filmmaker back in 1999. But apparently one of his earliest unmade screenplays -- 1956's The Downslope -- was dusted off the shelves somewhere in Hollywood recently, and director Marc Forster (World War Z) has decided to take a stab at bringing Kubrick's lost script to the screen. And because it's Hollywood, it'll be not just one film but an entire trilogy. Forster's only attached to direct the first, but plans to produce all three installments, »
- Will Ashton
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
As director and producer, few storytellers have utilized the wonderment and fascination (and sometimes horror) of children as points-of-entry into the wonderment and fascination of the adult world more effectively than Steven Spielberg has. Conversely, Spielberg has also masterfully used the normalized responses of children to the abnormal as an approach to disarm world-weary grown-ups. From Cary Guffey in "Close Encounters" to Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore in "E.T." to Heather O'Rourke in "Poltergeist" to Christian Bale in "Empire of the Sun" to Haley Joel Osment in "A.I." to Dakota Fanning in "Taken" and "War of the Worlds," Spielberg has always know that there's something pure and primal in the reactions of children and that those reactions can be used to steer the reactions viewers of all ages. Steven Spielberg is one of the executive producers of ABC's new "the kids are not alright" drama "The Whispers," but his participation »
- Daniel Fienberg
2015 has undoubtedly been Alicia Vikander’s breakthrough year with fantastic lead parts in the thought provoking sci-fi thriller Ex Machina and the harrowing World War I drama Testament Of Youth, which is now available digitally and will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD from 25th May. However, this rise to the fore is by no means out of the blue for Vikander, who showed promise as a leading actress in A Royal Affair in 2012 and then went on to hold her own opposite the likes of Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina and Benedict Cumberbatch in The Fifth Estate. In this feature we take a look at the very best of Alicia Vikander.
Anna Karenina (2012)
Anna Karenina is a bold, theatrical adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s timeless novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard. The film was the third collaboration of Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley with acclaimed director Joe Wright, but »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Press Release (via TV By the Numbers) -- New York, NY – May 14, 2015 – "AMC today announced its new eight-part drama series “Humans” will premiere Sunday, June 28th at 9:00 p.m. Et/Pt. Set in suburban London, “Humans” takes place in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a Synth – a highly developed, artificially intelligent servant eerily similar to its living counterpart. Penned by British writing partners Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (“Spooks,” Spooks: The Greater Good) and based on the award-winning Swedish sci-fi drama “Real Humans,” the series explores the emotional impact that comes as the lines between humans and machines become increasingly blurred. This bold new series is produced in conjunction with the »
- Derek Anderson
AMC has unveiled the first trailer for its upcoming sci-fi drama series Humans, which takes place in “a parallel present” in which artificial intelligence has been achieved and humans start to form close relationships with said A.I.s. The central conceit finds Synths, artificially intelligent servants that are eerily similar to humans, all the rage in the gadget community. The show is an ensemble piece, with one story revolving around a widower (William Hurt) who forms a close relationship with his out-of-date Synth Odi (Will Tudor) before being forced to upgrade. The series, which is a co-production between AMC and UK’s Channel 4 and Kudos, hails from Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks) and is based on the Swedish series Real Humans. It’s described as an “eight-part drama series,” so it’s unclear if this is a miniseries or if the first season is just eight episodes in length. »
- Adam Chitwood
“Person of Interest” aired what could be its final episode Tuesday – the program’s renewal prospects remain uncertain heading into CBS’ fall upfront presentation – and in some respects, the series offers a cautionary tale. Not just about artificial intelligence and the surveillance state, which provided the show’s cerebral foundation, but also the challenges in allowing what at its heart was initially a crime procedural, on a network overflowing with them, to morph into a more serialized drama, until the program practically choked on its own dense mythology.
Conceived largely as a two-character piece – Batman’s billions and brains (Michael Emerson) and brawn (Jim Caviezel) split into two guys – the series drew depth and strength from its expanded roster of players, including the since-departed Taraji P. Henson and Kevin Chapman as two cops who gradually joined the operation. Then there was the cold-hearted mercenary Shaw (Sarah Shahi) and the villain-turned-uncomfortable-teammate »
- Brian Lowry
'Munich' movie cover 'Munich' movie review: Steven Spielberg tackles political time-space continuum in wildly uneven but ultimately satisfying thriller Alternately intriguing and irritating, thought-provoking and banal, subtle and patronizing, the biggest surprise about Steven Spielberg's Munich is that it – however grudgingly – works. The film, which Spielberg himself has referred to as a "prayer for peace," follows five men contracted by the Israeli government to avenge the massacre of that country's athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Sizable chunks of this political thriller with a Message (capital "M") are simplistically written, clumsily acted, and handled with the director's notoriously heavy touch, but the old adage – blood begets blood – even if somewhat muddled, is too timely not to make an impact. Complex 'Munich' movie plot Based on George Jonas' 1984 book Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team, whose veracity has been questioned in some quarters, Munich begins as »
- Andre Soares
HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant, »
- Chris Eggertsen
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. "Mulholland Drive." "Donnie Darko." "Spirited Away." "Ghost World." "The Royal Tenenbaums." "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." "Wet Hot American Summer." "Pulse." "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." If you're not stunned by the sheer variety of greatness in the above list of films, you probably won't be on board with my argument for 2001 as the greatest year in movie history. And if you're puzzled by the exclusion of "A Beautiful Mind," then you might as well stop reading now. "A Beautiful Mind," of course, won Best Picture at the Oscars the following year, an honor that felt undeserved at the time and positively baffles in hindsight. The Ron Howard-directed drama was an ephemeral triumph, the kind of middle-of-the-road Hollywood »
- Chris Eggertsen
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